Be safe, be happy

This fairy princess (also known as Amber McBride) was hard at work last Friday in the Lismore CBD selling red ribbons for World AIDS Day (Saturday, December 1). The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness. The princess obviously loves her good work.

HIV/AIDS infection rates in Australia are at their highest level for seven years. This is alarming. So the North Coast Area Health Service and ACON called for a renewed focus on safe-sex strategies to mark World AIDS Day last Saturday, December 1.

The theme this year was Prevention is everybodys business.

We are asking people to protect themselves and their partners by using condoms when having sex, said manager of ACON Northern Rivers, Dr Tania Lienert. Were asking people to never share needles and to get tested regularly for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

More than 16,000 Australians live with HIV/AIDS with around 450 in the Northern Rivers area.


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